N.C. got broad tax cut

by John Hood Did Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina legislature raise taxes on poor and middle-income families to give tax breaks to the wealthy? That’s the claim that a motley crew of liberal politicians, journalists, and activists has been trying desperately to peddle...

Former Governor Jim Hunt got it wrong

If state leaders want to improve North Carolina’s education system in the future, they will have to begin with a better understanding of the history of school reform in our state. Unfortunately, the current education debate has become more about political gamesmanship than hard...

New budget repairs balance sheet

by John Hood As Democrats and Republicans debated North Carolina’s recently approved state budget, they devoted much of their attention to the income statement of state government. They argued about next year’s revenues and expenditures. What didn’t get nearly as much attention...

Making education a better investment

by John Hood Is state spending on education an investment or a political payoff? Critics of the North Carolina state budget just approved by Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature use the term “investment” a lot. But their arguments sound more like cheap politics. If education...

Growth strategy backed by research

by John Hood When you hear politicians utter the phrase “economists say,” be skeptical. There may well be economists who agree with their particular policy idea, but economists and other social scientists don’t speak with one voice. There are many differences of opinion,...